Straight From The Experts: 3 useful tips for a healthy toddlerhood

MANILA, Philippines – Toddlerhood is the most exciting and critical time in your child’s development. Confident and curious, your child is out to explore the world and is forming life-long habits that could impact his or her long-term health and development.

Nido Marian and Zia
Celebrity mom Marian Rivera with daughter Zia Dantes.

Raising a child is never easy while health and well-being of their kids especially in this new reality where immunity is a prime concern. As a parent, it is helpful to listen to experts who can guide you in protecting and supporting your 3+ toddlers during these unprecedented times.

To aid and support parents in making the most of the toddler years, NIDO 3+ hosted the Todo Expert Toddler Indoor Picnic Session (T.I.P.S.) event -- a multi-platform virtual event featuring an interactive AR (augmented reality) activity to create a one-of-a-kind engagement while maximizing learning and enjoyment among the guests.

During the event, nutrition experts shared advise on how to provide the right nutrition and health protection to help your 3+ toddlers become a #TodoExplorer.

Here are the some Todo Expert Tips from the event, to guide parents who seek to give the best support for their 3+ toddlers:

1. Get to know the ins and outs of 3+ toddlerhood years

Challenging yet fulfilling, the journey of toddlerhood may be overwhelming for some parents.

3+ toddlerhood is when kids begin to explore, start self-discovery, and a very critical period in their growth and development.

During the Todo Expert T.I.P.S event, parents learn from the invited experts what key developments does a 3+ toddler go through during this stage. From physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development, it is during this time that the toddlers start walking and running, interacting with family and kids, exploring the environment, and learning during active play.

To ensure healthy growth and development, parents must support their +3 toddlers’ brain, body, and behavior development by providing them with proper nutrition.

2. Mind the nutritional gaps

Based on a global project collaboration between Nestle Research Center and the Philippines’ Food and Nutrition Research Institute, there is an inadequate intake of important vitamins and minerals in all age groups of Filipino children. These nutrients are important to support physical and cognitive growth and development as well as normal immune function during toddlerhood.

As evidenced in scientific studies and dietary surveys, this inadequacy is likely a result from the typical Filipino diet which is heavy on carbohydrates and refined sugars, and not enough of vegetables, fruits, and age-appropriate milks.

Experts constantly remind parents that they play a key role in shaping their +3 toddlers’ diet, and how growing up milk plays a valuable role in meeting the nutritional needs.

3. Be mindful of your toddler’s daily sugar intake

Choosing the right growing up milk is not just about the nutrients, as parents also have to check the label for its sugar content. The typical Filipino diet, which includes many milk products and sweetened beverages, are filled with refined sugars that can lead to problems such as dental issues as well as increased risk of obesity and diabetes.

In fact, the World Health Organization recommends that daily sugar intake should not be more than 7 teaspoons a day. Ensuring that every 3+ toddler gets enough healthy energy to be a #TodoExplorer, NIDO 3+ uses lactose, a naturally occurring type of sugar, and has no hidden sucrose and may help in the digestion of calcium needed for bone development.

Parents always want the best for their kids, thankfully NIDO 3+ finds ways to help parents in providing the best nutrition and support for their kids especially during this uncertain time.

Learn more about how you can TODO PROTECT your kids as they journey through their healthy 3+ toddler years through this

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